BoE approves appointment of new Griffin High principal

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education on Tuesday night approved the appointment of Dr. Buford Tyrone Kellogg as principal of Griffin High School. Kellogg’s appointment was approved during a virtual special called Board of Education meeting. Kellogg has most recently served as principal of Putnam County High School for two years. Prior […]

GSCSS Superintendent to seniors: We’re on your side; proms, graduation not cancelled

STAFF REPORT ::: Griffin-Spalding County School Superintendent Jim Smith has released a video message to high school seniors, a message in which Smith warmly recalls his own experiences as a high school senior before addressing students whose senior year has been so distinctly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As he recounted his own momentous life […]

Local high school graduation ceremonies have not been cancelled

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Rumors circulating that local high school graduation ceremonies have been cancelled are just that – rumors. Officials of the Griffin-Spalding County School System say that decision has not been made. “We haven’t made a decision on graduation. We have not decided anything on graduation ceremonies as of yet,” said GSCSS Executive […]

Dr. Rochelle Lowery appointed GHS interim principal

STAFF REPORT ::: The Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education has appointed Dr. Rochelle Lowery as interim principal of Griffin High School. Lowery currently works for the Dekalb County School District. Lowery will serve as interim principal for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year while officials being the search for a permanent GHS principal. Dr. […]

Local high school students compete in Skills Competition

STAFF REPORT ::: Students from Griffin and Spalding high schools and the Griffin Regional College & Career Academy recently participated in the Central Georgia & Southern Crescent Workforce Development Alliance Skills Challenge held in Macon. The Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) joined forces with Sheridan Construction and Swofford Construction to host construction students from 19-area high […]

GPD Cpl. Chris Webb reprimanded for conduct during GHS dress code incident

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Cpl. Chris Webb, of the Griffin Police Department, has been formally reprimanded for his conduct during a September incident at Griffin High that resulted in the arrest of 34-year-old LaShonda Thomas and her 15-year-old son. Both mother and son face charges of disorderly conduct in the incident that stemmed from an […]

Mother and 15-year-old GHS student face charges of disorderly conduct

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A 15-year-old Griffin High School student and his mother, 35-year-old Lashonda Thomas, will face charges of disorderly conduct after an alleged verbal altercation on school grounds. According to the incident report filed by Griffin Police Department Cpl. Chris Webb, Thomas was called to the school because her son was allegedly in […]

Kareem Reid named GHS Bears head football coach

STAFF REPORT ::: Kareem Reid has been named Griffin High School Bears football head coach. According to a press release issued by the Griffin-Spalding County School System, the Board of Education on Monday afternoon voted 4-0 to approve the recommendation of Reid as head coach. Board of Education Member R. Syntel Brown was not present […]

GHS Bears head football coach out, effective immediately

STAFF REPORT ::: Antonio Andrews is no longer the head coach of the Griffin High School Bears football team. He will continue to serve as the team’s weight trainer and teacher. According to a press release issued by the Griffin-Spalding County School System, Andrews tenure as head coach is over, effective immediately. “We truly appreciate […]

GHS student charged with felony for alleged weapon possession

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: A Griffin High School student, 17-year-old Jeremy Lecompte, is in police custody after allegedly taking a weapon on school property. According to Investigator Ryan Bynum, of the Griffin Police Department, Lecompte was taken into custody Thursday after a student reported the incident. The student initially made a report to a teacher, […]

Griffin PD investigating report of GHS student in possession of pellet gun

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department is investigating an incident allegedly involving a Griffin High School student who reportedly was in possession of a pellet gun at school. According to a letter issued by GHS Principal Dr.  Darrell Evans, the pellet gun was secured by administrators. “It was reported that a student was […]

Former GHS teacher arrested on new charges involving juveniles; original bond revoked

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Brandy Lynn Nickels, the former Griffin High School teacher charged with numerous sex crimes involving students, is being held without bond in the Spalding County Jail after her bond was revoked following a second arrest. The GRIP was the only media present in the courtroom to hear arguments in the bond […]

GPD: GHS “shoe” fight was not unprovoked attack

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Officials of the Griffin Police Department say all four Griffin High School students videotaped fighting in a boy’s restroom Monday, Dec. 7, were voluntary participants. According to Lt. Mike Natale, of the Office of the Chief, the four GHS students fought over a false allegation of stolen shoes. He said the […]

Five Griffin High School students arrested after two Monday morning fights

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Five Griffin High School students were arrested Monday morning as a result of two separate and unrelated fights. According to Lt. Michael Natale, of the Griffin Police Department, the first incident involved four juveniles and the second involved two additional students. “In the first incident, four students were charged with fighting. […]

Local teacher arrested on multiple felony child sexual assault charges

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Stephen Chapman, age 51, of Griffin, was arrested Friday, Aug. 14, at Griffin High School where he taught math and coached the tennis team. Chapman was arrested on five felony charges including of aggravated rape, aggravated sodomy, incest, aggravated sexual battery and aggravated child molestation. Authorities say the crimes have been […]